Emma Swartz

Emma Swartz

Year of internship: 2018/19

Background

I am currently one of the DST-NRF interns at AfricanBats NPC.  I completed a BSc (Agric) Animal Science degree (2016) as well as a BSc Honours in Wildlife Management (2017).

During my studies I have discovered an interest in cattle and wildlife management, with special interest in the relationships between wildlife and agriculture and to ensure that they work together for the preservation of our important natural resources. Coming from the Lowveld, Mpumalanga, South Africa (my parents started a guesthouse on a small 14 ha indigenous bush farm just outside Hazyview).  I have always had an appreciation for animals and the bush, visiting the Kruger National Park as often as I could. I believe it is ever so important to educate all relevant stakeholders about conservation, especially with the accelerating deterioration of natural systems.

I am a highly motivated and hard-working individual who is willing to acquire new skills required of me in the working environment. I thoroughly enjoy spending my spare time outdoors doing activities such as birding, hiking and photography. My aim for this year as an intern is to embrace every opportunity to attain working experience in an active research environment where I can contribute towards sharing important knowledge about not only the conservation of bats, but the better understanding of ecological processes that could play an important role for the preservation of natural systems so that it can be appreciated by future generations.

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